Ever since Taco Bell made it known that their “Seasoned Beef” is only 88% beef, people have been wondering what in the world that other 12% is made up of.
We now have our answer, and it’s not quite as bad as you might have expected.
The fast food giant added a page to their website recently on which they explain what the non-beef 12% of their recipe consists of. For the most part, it’s standard preservatives and texture enhancers that are commonly found in cheap meat.
"They're common ingredients also found in food items at your grocery store," the company writes. "Each ingredient helps make our Seasoned Beef taste great. Many of them are items you might use at home such as salt, peppers, and spices. Ingredients like oats and sodium phosphates help make sure the texture is right."
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Having oats in beef might raise a few eyebrows, but I wouldn’t exactly call it frightening. Derek Lowe, a Duke University-educated chemist, says he doesn’t find anything too troubling in Taco Bell’s ingredients list.
“There’s nothing on this list I have a problem eating,” he told the AP, adding that he has no patience for the “I can’t pronounce it, so I won’t eat it” crowd.
The company also vaguely addressed rumors that they use low quality beef in their food.
"We use the same quality beef used in all ground beef (like you'd find in the grocery store), only USDA-inspected, 100% premium real beef, period," the site says.
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Though it’s nice to see they use “real beef”, the statement basically confirms the company doesn’t use grade A beef. They would have said so if that were the case.
Either way, it looks like nothing too scary is being added in to your beloved Doritos Locos Taco.
What’s in their new breakfast sausage, though, is another question.